Former 007 Pierce Brosnan Reckons It’s Time For A Female James Bond

"Get out of the way, guys."

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

The push for a female James Bond now has the backing of the secret agent himself. Or least, one of them. Pierce Brosnan, who played 007 in Golden EyeTomorrow Never DiesThe World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day has told The Hollywood Reporter that it’s high time a woman took over the role.

“Yes!” said Brosnan when asked the question at the Deauville Film Festival this week. “I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years. Get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.”

Unfortunately the actor also said such a change was unlikely to happen while current producers Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson were in charge of the long-running franchise.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch.”

Brosnann also weighed in on what the #MeToo era meant for the famously chauvinistic character.

“The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society, so they’ll have to address that,” he said.

Speculation over a female 007 went into overdrive after reports emerged that the next film in the series, No Time To Die, will pick up with Daniel Craig’s James Bond enjoying retirement, having passed his famous codename on to a new MI6 agent played by Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch. And with Craig likely reaching the end of his run, some have wondered with the arrangement could end up being permanent.

No Time To Die is set to hit cinemas on April 3, 2020.